Deep Park is an ongoing series of chance portraits taken in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. They are of people who I approached, or who approached me because they were curious about what I was doing with my gear-cart and unusual 8x10 film camera.
While, on the surface, the work may not appear all that political, this series of portraits -- of random, seemingly disparate people -- has been a very organic and physical reaction to the polarization that has gripped this country since before the election. It's no coincidence that my need to go out and connect with ‘strangers’ began during the campaign that led up to November, 2016.
Prospect Park is a microcosm of New York's profound diversity. My use of its natural assets as the backdrop somehow imparts additional political resonance, given that our public lands and environmental protections seem to be eroding by the minute, and climate change denial is now, incredibly, a governing principle.
The park was designed in 1867 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert B. Vaux who previously designed Central Park, but considered Prospect Park to be their masterpiece. It's a vast organism, fertile, with secret winding paths, and infinite textures and sounds. There are many unique 'neighborhoods' within it. The park has become my studio -- one in which I don't have much control, an aspect that can be either frustrating or surprisingly liberating.